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dc.contributor.authorHermoso, Virgilioen_US
dc.contributor.authorMoran-Ordonez, Alejandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorBrotons, Lluisen_US
dc.description.abstractContext The Natura 2000 aims to promote the persistence of biodiversity and traditional uses. European landscapes have, however, undergone large transformations in the past decades, mainly associated with the abandonment of less productive lands concentration of intensive agriculture. These changes could pose management challenges and new opportunities to the achievement of the network´s goals. Objective Evaluate changes in land cover within Natura 2000 in the last two decades. Methods We use different Corine Land Cover datasets to construct transition matrices of land uses for measuring changes for each Natura 2000 site. We also explore the role of different drivers in observed changes and assess the impacts of these changes in the structure of landscape. Results Landscape has been highly dynamic within Natura 2000 in the last two decades with more than 20% undergoing land cover changes. The most systematic transitions involved both, succession processes towards naturalisation in older and more abrupt protected areas (PAs) and anthropization in less steep and more recently designated PAs. Changes across land cover categories had also significant effects on the landscape configuration towards a higher homogenisation. Conclusions Two different strategies would be needed to enhance the role of Natura 2000, (i) tighter control to ensure anthropization, mainly intensive agriculture, does not compromise conservation goals within PAs and (ii) tackle more effectively the ecological and socio-economic effects of abandonment in less productive areas to halt loss of key habitats. On the other hand, changes in composition and structure of landscape open new conservation opportunities derived from enhanced connectivity.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLandscape Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEarth Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCorine land coveren_US
dc.subject.keywordsLand abandonmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordsTransition matrixen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCommon agriculture policyen_US
dc.titleAssessing the role of Natura 2000 at maintaining dynamic landscapes in Europe over the last two decades: implications for conservationen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, School of Environment and Scienceen_US
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gro.griffith.authorHermoso, Virgilio

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